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Page Index:Economics

Academic Information: top

What is Economics? top

Economics can actually be defined a few different ways: it’s the study of scarcity, the study of how people use resources, or the study of decision-making. Economics often involves topics like wealth, finance, recessions, and banking, leading to the misconception that economics is all about money and the stock market. Actually, it’s a much broader discipline that helps us understand historical trends, interpret today’s headlines, and make predictions for coming decades.

Career Information - top

Possible/Typical Job Titles - top


  • Commodities broker
  • Bank management trainee
  • Financial analyst
  • Economic forecaster*
  • Trust administrator
  • Credit analyst
  • Loan counselor
  • Securities analyst
  • Investment banker


  • Market research analyst
  • Sales representative
  • Staff training and development specialist
  • Public relations media planner
  • Real estate agent
  • Retail buyer
  • Insurance underwriting trainee
  • Actuarial assistant
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Management consultant
  • Strategic planner
  • Actuary
  • Business administrator*
  • Cost estimator

Government/Public Sector

  • Claims examiner, Social Security
  • Administration
  • Foreign trade analyst
  • Tax auditor
  • Housing development aide
  • Budget Office assistant
  • Legislative assistant
  • Lobbyist
  • Regional/urban planner*
  • Financial planner
  • Lawyer*
  • Research assistant
  • Compensation analyst
  • Demographer
  • Public administrator


  • Professor*
  • Technical writer
  • Journalist/columnist
  • Teacher*
  • Higher education administration*
  • Educational television advisor
  • Information analyst*

Typical Places of Employment - top

  • Advertising dept. and firms
  • Government Agencies
  • Banks
  • Consumer Affairs Office
  • Business corporations
  • Energy Department
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Civic & taxpayer associations
  • Housing & urban Dev.
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Labor Department
  • Consulting firms
  • Social Security Admin.
  • Consumer organizations

  • Magazines, newspapers
  • Educational institutions
  • Labor unions
  • Employment agencies
  • Personnel departments
  • Financial institutions
  • Political action groups
  • Industries
  • Research & dev. firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Trade associations
  • Investment firms
  • Utility companies
  • Market research depts. and firms

Required Skills and Abilities- top

  • Performing ambiguous or abstract tasks
  • Conducting research and analysis
  • Process, evaluate and communicate information
  • Collecting and organizing data
  • Formulating general investment strategy
  • Researching trends in economic activity
  • Problem solving
  • Working independently
  • Applying basic analytical techniques and theory to new situations and problems

Alumni Resources - top

(Listed below are examples of SU Alumni and their Jobs in this major-For more alumni resources, go to Mentor Network)

-Scott Dean- Crownsville MD 21032 -Wells Fargo- Senior Vice President - Risk Management Group
-Jacob  Eddy -Charlotte  NC 28277- Hewitt Financial Services- Investment Broker/Financial Consultant
-Amber Jacobs- Deale MD 20751 -National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing Subscription- Services Manager
-Ryan Maluski- Towson MD 21204- PNC Bank -Investment Assistant
-Raphael Mazzone -Takoma Park MD 20912- National Archives & Records Administration- Electronic Records Archivist
-Zach Richards- Falls Church VA 22042 -Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress- Economist
-Chris Wolske- GAITHERSBURG MD 20877- Deloitte Consulting -Specialist Master

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